By George Overhill

20th Jul, 2022 | 9:10am

Leeds United target Ben Foster admits he is a big fan of Jesse Marsch

Leeds United target Ben Foster has admitted his admiration for Elland Road boss Jesse Marsch while assessing the team’s chances this season.

Mail+ reported on 25 June that the former Watford keeper was one of the names being considered as the club looks to sign an experienced backup to Illan Meslier.

The 22-year-old Frenchman is the definite starter for Marsch but there is only youngster Kristoffer Klaessen behind him so the squad could benefit from an experienced head, which 39-year-old Foster certainly is, as well as a big fan of the American coach.

In a discussion on his YouTube channel where he predicted that the Whites would finish 16th in the 2022/23 season, he said: “Again, I think it’s going to be another tough season for them. Raphinha, obviously, straight out the door. Kalvin Phillips, out the door. Two of their biggest players. Two of the most influential players, and they are going to miss them.

“They are recruiting, they are spending money on players.”

“I do like the manager though, I love Jesse Marsch. I don’t think they’re going to get relegated, but I think they’ll struggle a bit more.

“Losing Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, their two big boys, it’s going to be a tough season for them.”

Mutual admiration

If the club were already discussing the possibility of going after the former West Brom, Birmingham and Manchester United man then this shows he would likely have some interest in working for the manager.

The fact that he has predicted the club to struggle shouldn’t be a barrier since the former England international has been relegated from the Premier League five times in his career, so it would by no means be a step down.

At his age he may not be looking to play week-in week-out so a backup role does seem to make a lot of sense from both sides.

If his social media output, of which this video was part, is something United can cope with, unlike his last club [talkSPORT], then this seems like one the club should get done.

Fans would feel more confident if there was a proven Premier League operator available should Meslier go down with an injury, and the older man’s experience could be invaluable to the young starter who has already done plenty himself at his age.

Unless Foster’s wage demands were excessive for a player that isn’t set to start, or he simply isn’t interested in playing any longer then it would be a logical move to make.

In other Leeds United news, the club may have been handed the answer to their left-back problem on a plate.